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as stewardship of the trust. it is not transferable. what i suggest to proceed is recognize the state title. the city and county as an administrative district of the state can then take trust and proceed to charge ground rents as aleviation for the loss of redevelopment funds. second, a performance bond. this is truly manageable and insurable. proven. >> thank you. >> hi. i am representing the lancey street foundation. it has been on treasure island for the past 12 years, and we
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have been surveying youths from the juvenile justice system and school dropouts. we were selected as the 2010 charter school of the year in the state of california. the developers have been supporters of life learning academy and they have been kind enough to make room for us and to keep us on the island. we have known them for over 40 years and i am here to show support. thanks very much. >> good evening. i am a resident of treasure island for seven years. i serve on the cab and i am the founder of good neighborhood treasure island community group. i would like to thank you.
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i feel what is before sunot only what the citizens of san francisco would like to be pass. please approve these so our community on treasure island and the overall community of san francisco can receive the benefits this project will bring. thank you. >> thank you. i will read a couple of more cards. >> good afternoon board of supervisors. i came to treasure island in 2009 through walden house. my goal is to obtain full time employment housing for my daughter and i. i joined the training program and after successfully completing the training program i was hired by wine valley
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catering where i have been now for one year. through the collaboration of wine valley training and others i am able to provide fair market housing for my daughter and i on the island. the island provides one of san francisco's finest day cares, catholic charity where my daughter has been for over a year. i hope you realize how important the island is for people like myself and how it continues to touch lives. thank you. >> good afternoon. i am the program director with walden house, the residential program providing services for women and children on treasure island. we have been providing these vital nonprofit services to women and children in need. educational and employment
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opportunities. these services represent a longer list of services provided on treasure island. opportunities for stronger and more productive members of the community. there is no shortage of individuals that will testify to their positive experiences of receiving services here on the island. we would like to support going forward with this project. thank you. >> good evening supervisors and committee members. i am an employee on treasure island. i am treasurer for tidi. part of my job is fielding calls daily from the public for people looking for low income housing every day. there is not enough supply for
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the demand. i am in favor of the project moving forward so more units are available for individuals and families. i hope you will support the proposed project as well. thank you. >> good evening. i am becky hogue, a resident of treasure island. is the plan perfect? no. we will hear all kinds of complaints. i also used to live on the presidio where we got to speak about the plan. our sggedses were not acknowledged at all. with this plan the developer has listened to our suggestions and ideas and have incorporated them. i hope you guys pass this and move it on. >> how long have you lived on the island? >> eight years.
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thank you. >> i am a client of walden house on treasure island. not only has it helped me stay clean and sober for a total of 22 months now it has -- i'm sorry. it has taught me how to become more independent, giving myself confidence, self-esteem and coping skills to deal with life on life's terms. i am currently employed. and i am planning to go back to college in june. without the help of this program i wouldn't have had the strength and courage to become the woman or mother i am today. i am asking for your support to move forward with this development and to help more women like me. thank you.
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>> good evening. i am the deputy director of the neighborhood parks council. i urge you and your colleagues to help us create the second largest public open space and parks service in san francisco since the creation of golden gate park including recreation opportunities that far exceeds what currently exists on the island. a few things included are new sports fields, area for public recreation, storm water reclimation and other wonderful amenities. as san francisco grows, our city becomes increasingly dense. every citizen deserves open space. as we move forward we must respond to the need. the needs that will be expanded
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on treasure island. this project is now for more than a decade been planned. i urge you to support the project. >> i will call a few more names. sue vaughn, michelle myers, shannon wise, who i think already spoke. michael theriot. thomas mccarthy. >> good evening supervisors. i am the chief operating officer of source to plow shares. the 2,000 homeless and very low income veterans we serve in san francisco, we are a founding member of tidi going back to the middle 1990's. we are considered a pioneer
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resident on the island where we opened up a authority in 2011. there are several veterans that are here to testify but they couldn't stay due to the length of the prior testimony. however we urge you to maintain or to forward the plan for the island. we found that the developer has worked with us and been supportive of continuing the effort of the other tidi members on the island. and i urge you to forward these 11 items today. thank you. >> thank you. >> good evening supervisors. i am the senior quality control manager for island security.
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i am in charge of the security for the community housing partnership on treasure island. for the past two years we have been training their clients for security jobs. we also want to urge the committee to vote for the want to have the committee vote for the e.i.r. and for the entirelyments for the project before you today. thank you. >> thank you. >> good evening supervisors. i work with catholic health care west. i urge you to pass the items before you on treasure island. we have been working with the treasure island developers and are very impressed with the health concerns that have been taken into account as the island has been developed and look forward to developing services that will meet the
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residents of the people on the island as more residents move on. thank you. >> thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. i am urging you to vote all of these items forward with a pass recommendation to the full board. 18 years in the making. i think back to the jordan administration with the first neighborhood civic organization or committee put together to look at replanning, the use when the navy announced that they would abandon treasure island. we have had a great opportunity to develop a sustainable plan, a plan that includes affordable housing, market rate housing, commercial, recreational opportunities for visitors and residents alike. it is a plan ready for primetime now. i urge you on behalf of our partners in the business community throughout san francisco and the labor
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partners as well to vote these out and let's move this project forward. >> thank you. >> good afternoon supervisors. i am here to speak on behalf of the sierra club. we recommended that tidi recirculate the treasure island e.i.r. they did not do that. we recommend you reject this plan. we are concerned certain high density developments are being marketed as -- despite the fact that these developments are built near freeway entrances and getting one to one parking or conditional use permits to command the amount of parking beyond what is allowable. let's focus on treasure island. i also question the designation as sustainable. the e.i.r. notes many of the
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environmental impacts are significant. the amount of allowable parking, one space for every residential unit plus many commercial is too high and the california -- >> please wrap up. >> california department of transportation is saying that the oakland bay bridge is already congested and others have as well. thank you. >> thank you. >> i am here to speak on behalf of the sierra club. the pattern should be designed to encourage shorter car trips and enhance economic viability of public transit. right 32.5% of greenhouse gas
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emissions in san francisco come from private car use. there are over 10,000 spaces for commercial and marina and hotel use on this island. that is a rate beyond one per unit. we recommend limiting it to just over 4,000, which is less than one per unit to decrease car traffic. right now the change plan because of the complications have changed the master developer to the treasure island l.l.c., which is a private company and the treasure island transportation management authority will allocate parking fees and citations. it will obviously increase traffic with 8,000 units on the island. >> i will call several more
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names. >> i am currently living in treasure island and own a business as well in the island. my business is close to the gate which is in the front. i usually see a lot of tourists on a daily basis. those tourists usually ask what is in the island. i basically tell them that there is nothing right now but there is a development coming through and it will be a lot of stuff going on. the impression that i get from the tourists that they come over and look for restaurants and different things on the island. unfortunately there is nothing out there now. i think the island is a viable
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site and if it can be developed i believe it would be a boost to the local economy. i am supporting this project to move forward. >> what is your business again? >> it is island market and deli. a very small deli. it is not big enough to accommodate what the tourists need. >> thank you. mr. theriot. >> michael theriot. again, should be no surprise to you that after testifying on behalf of this project and a couple other hearings and meetings we remain in support of it. we are disappointed that the state's potential actions on redevelopment and encoloneled by mr. schumakers presentation of the alternatives to secure low income housing should possibilities occur.
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thank you. >> good evening. i am a native san franciscoan and retiree of civil service. we have a wonderful project for the island and we are so excited to work toward this knowing the island will be developed. the treasure island museum which closed by the navy in 1997 when they left and stored all of the cleckedses. the museum association of which i am president managed to put on exhibits using other resources. we want to show the challenge of the island in the past to build it, the navy, just to save our country from attack and so forth all of it will continue with understanding what is a sustainable society.
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we have a model out there and our museum will challenge the visitors. in the past we hired volunteers people living on the island. imagine what we will do once there is a center and a population. we are the people that can answer a lot of questions about what happened here. we are thrilled the development is going forward as quickly as possible. >> thank you. we are almost done with public comment. >> i am here to tell you how jazzed i am about treasure island. the parks, transit and housing and the jobs. we have had a presence on treasure island since 1997. we have a unique locational
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training program for disadvantaged folks. these individual include people with disabilities. there are scant options for this population. we are a charter member of tidi. the opportunities that have been afforded our social enterprise has created ongoing jobs for island residents. we are concerned about the lack of affordable housing in the city and disappointed with the percentage that's been cut. we will work together to get the units back. >> thank you. i am the owner of wine valley catering which is located on
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treasure island. we supply jobs for people liveoth island, for real people that need the jobs in this economy and intend to supply more jobs as the project moves forward hoping you will fully support the project. in this economy we need as many jobs as we can we think it will be wonderful for san francisco as well. >> good evening, tom mccarthy. i am a member of the carpenters union here in the city. i also lived in the north beach area of the city for many years. this is a project that we need for the jobs that will provide but more personal for the housing that it will provide in the long run.
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the cost of housing there is just the fact that there is not enough housing in the city. every neighborhood once a working people's neighborhood is threatened to becoming a neighborhood where only people of wealth can live. you have seen how many people there are that are committed and dedicated to the work now going on out there. they are not going to give up this project. it will be guided by this type of dedication. >> thank you. >> thank you supervisors. i represent -- >> please pull the microphone closer to your mouth. >> we have been performing
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landscaping services on treasure island using a disadvantaged workforce since 1992. so we have actually been there with the knave and he then with the city of san francisco. we source 100% of our employees through the tidi program and helped over 70 people enter the workforce and obtain long-term employment and totally change their lives. we focus on hiring people with homelessness. they have minimal work history, poor general health, some suffer from mental illness, have poor education, social skills, family issues, prior substance abuse and prior criminal convictions. we provide steady employment, medical and other benefits and job training and help them build confidence and determination. >> thank you.
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>> our company has been on the island since 1999 when we came in with a lease hold interest. we have been working with the developers for the last 2-3 years. we are very impressed with their transparency and straightforwardness. i encourage support of this project. i am particularly impressed with their -- i think it is to be applauded because it is a great default plan. and they are under promising and overdelivering. there is a chance that you will end up with 30%. you are better off under promising and over delivering on the subject of density, actually all of the northern census tracked have much higher
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density than anything on treasure island. the project we did at north beach was 82. >> thank you mr. stewart. >> good evening. i am the executive director of the community housing partnership, one of the largest here in san francisco and here on treasure island. i urge you today to move items 2-12. we have every belief that the developer will move back to 30% if the agency at the state level is reinstated and not forced to use other funding in its place. to have that leap of faith and belief in the developer we are asking the board of supervisors to do the same. we want to make sure this is the first community integrating people of poverty and homesness into their community and is you
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not delay it and move it forward. >> i know it is not just about housing for formally homeless or providing social services but about building community and empowering them. can you talk about how the model works? >> from our experience when we have been building this housing we are usually doing it in communities that are already existing. in fulton we are building 120 units that you can see from city hall. for the planning on treasure island through our tenants and the community organizing work that we do we have been actively working with the developer to make sure the community embraces folks with a different economic status and what their needs will be in a community that has 8,000 units of housing, middle to high
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hotels and restaurants and class c and b retail afford tooble them. we also found the residents on treasure island are really engaged. we do community organizing. there is a high rate of civic engagement on the island. many have partnered with the developers and work groups to really make this a model that works for them. for many low income communities, being transit first is not the most comfortable thing. >> thank you. >> good evening supervisors. i run treasure island supportive housing in the treasure island child development center and a member of the tidi board and good neighbors board. i am here to support this project.
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we provide supportive services to 276 families on the island who had the opportunity to rebuild their lives. through the housing we have provided and the collaborations that we have we have seen our families flourish. i want to urge you to continue to help this happen by moving the plan forward. thank you. >> thank you. >> good evening members of the community. i am here to speak with regard to the project's treatment of historical resources. we have reviewed the project and not only concur with the island's past use as a naval base but support the commitment to preserve this legacy going forward. indeed all but one historic resource on the island is committed to be preserved in the plan.
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buildings one, two and the three and the landscaping features surrounding them are slated to be rehabbed and will remain a historic core of the island. in addition to public concern or the original proposed demolition of the 1943 chapel the plan was revised to allow for it going forward. this is a perfect example of how historic preservation can complement the construction of housing, both affordable and market rate housing. thank you. >> thank you. >> i wanted to weigh in on behalf of the alliance for jobs and sustained growth. we love this project. we want to see it adopted. we have a sense of urgency in one respect that has not been pounded on enough i think. it will produce 1,500-2,000
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jobs per year for 15-20 years. that is a lot of work. our people can't pay their car payments, rent, mortgages, medical bills, they are out of work. the flip side of affordable housing is that if people are not working you will need that much more. we want you to take it into consideration. i know the other members of the board of supervisors understand the severe unemployment problem we have. we need to put people to work in this city and we urge you to support the project. >> thank you. >> supervisors, i wanted to reiterate the alliance for jobs and sustainable growth. this project means a lot of work for a lot of people. thal